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Issues for Debate in Social Policy
Selections From CQ Researcher

Second Edition


May 2014 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This collection of non-partisan reports focuses on 18 hot-button social policy issues written by award-winning CQ Researcher journalists. As an annual that comes together just months before publication, the volume is as current as possible. And because it’s CQ Researcher, the social policy reports are expertly researched and written, showing all sides of an issue. Chapters follow a consistent organization, exploring three issue questions, then offering background, current context, and a look ahead, as well as featuring a pro/con debate box. All issues include a chronology, bibliography, photos, charts, and figures.
 
PREFACE
 
1. Women and Work
Are women better off today than they were 50 years ago?  
Are women limiting themselves?  
Should workplaces become more accommodating for women?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
2. International Adoption
Should international adoptions be promoted?  
Has the Hague Convention improved the international adoption process?  
Can the decline in international adoptions be reversed?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
3. Child Poverty
Should Congress expand welfare funding?  
Are poor children now in elementary school a lost generation?  
Is single motherhood a bigger cause of child poverty than the low-wage economy?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
4. Home Schooling
Should governments oversee home schooling more strictly?  
Is home schooling academically superior to public schooling?  
Can home schooling help the public school system?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
5. Tea Party Movement
Does the Tea Party represent only a narrow segment of the population?  
Will the Tea Party movement reshape the Republican Party?  
Does the Tea Party attract conspiracy theorists?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Update  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
6. Climate Change
Are catastrophic climate change impacts inevitable?  
Is climate engineering a good idea?  
Should the United States adopt a carbon tax?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
7. Gay Rights
Are governments and society more receptive to gay rights?  
Does a backlash threaten advances made by gays?  
Should the United Nations and other international bodies be promoting gay rights?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
8. Homeless Students
Are federal programs to assist homeless students working?  
Are school systems doing enough to help homeless students?  
Do homeless students have more academic troubles than other disadvantaged students?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
9. Caring for Veterans
Is the VA benefits system broken beyond repair?  
Is the VA adjusting to the needs of 21st-century combat and technology?  
Is the VA improving rapidly enough?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
10. Government Spending
Is too much being spent on mandatory programs?  
Is too much being spent on Social Security and Medicare?  
Is too much being spent on discretionary programs?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
11. Minimum Wage
Would raising the federal minimum wage mean job losses?  
Would raising the federal minimum wage reduce poverty?  
Would raising the federal minimum wage help the economy?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
12. Assessing the New Health Care Law
Should the health care law be repealed?  
Will Americans be better off because of the health care law?  
Will the health care law cost too much?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
13. Aging Population
Should Americans work longer?  
Will spending on health care for the elderly bankrupt the United States?  
Will the young and old fight over resources?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
14. Gun Control
Would a ban on assault weapons reduce gun violence?  
Would mandatory background checks of all gun buyers keep guns away from criminals and other dangerous people?  
Do state laws allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons make communities safer?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
15. Mental Health Policy
Should states make it easier to force the mentally ill into treatment?  
Does the medical profession define mental illness too broadly?  
Do insurers treat mental and physical health equally?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
16. Domestic Violence
Should violent partners be arrested and prosecuted against a victim’s wishes?  
Do batterer intervention programs work?  
Can health care practitioners effectively screen and counsel victims of domestic violence?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
17. Border Security
Has the border security buildup made the United States more secure?  
Is it possible to “seal” the U.S. borders?  
Is the United States paying enough attention to security at its ports of entry, Canadian border and coasts?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  
 
18. Assissted Suicide
Do the terminally ill have a right to choose when to end their lives?  
Does permitting assisted suicide lead to abuse?  
Does the Hippocratic Oath ethics code prevent doctors from helping patients die?  
Background  
Current Situation  
Outlook  
Notes  
Bibliography  

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